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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Pearl Necklace Oyster StoutPearl Necklace Oyster Stout

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219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,183
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 31.37%
Wants: 38
Gots: 244 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-16-2011

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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 1,183
Photo of ARoman
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The beer is a dark mahogany brown hue with a light, dense-froth, tan head that has a moderate retention and no lace. Initially aromas of coffee come through, but a salty and melon brine sneak in. There's also a light, but present, fish note and a lactose sugar that appears late. The taste is a dry balance of medium sweet and bitter. The beer is smooth and thin with a fuzzy carbonation and a dry medium body. Roasted flavors of bread crust combine with a light brine and light coffee note on the palate. The finish is a burnt, bitter, waxy character with a light fishiness that disappears in the mild, dry aftertaste of crusty bread.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy khaki head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruit, and a little smoke.

T: Dark roasty malt, a little coffee, dark fruit, a touch of smoke, and some mineral-y twang.

M: Fairly light body, low to medium carbonation, but smooth.

O: This one isn't what I was hoping for to say the least. The body is a bit too thin to showcase what the oyster shell adds to it.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured dark black, opaque, with a half inch bubbly head, decent retention and lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, sweet roasty malts, and a slight hint of coffee.
Taste: Lots of dark roasted malt flavors, slight chocolate, a little smoky flavor and some light salty notes
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall: didn't really get any of the oyster flavor I was expecting, just a slight briny saltiness. Still a decent stout though.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new favorite thing from Flying Dog. This light for a stout. It strikes me as more of a porter in color, clarity, and body. But it definitely has the bigger stout flavor. I never thought of a stout as being refreshing, but this one really is. The aroma is roasty, chocolatey, and bready but with a hint of salty sea breeze (if that's possible). The flavor is very much like the aroma. It is at once dark and comforting, but at the same time crisp and refreshing. It's brewed with oysters and if you close your eyes and use your imagination you can picture a nice bowl of oyster stew to go along with this brew. A bonus is that purchase of this beer benefits planting new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay as part of the Oyster Recovery Program. I can't wait to have another. After finishing the beer the aroma left behind in the empty glass finally sparked what I perhaps like so much about it. It reminds me of a chocolate bar with cracked sea salt. Yeah, it's good.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Black pour with a 1/2 finger tan head. The head has a mix of medium and small bubbles. It thinks out to just a small layer of head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and there is a date code that says this is best before 12/17/14.

S: [3.75] Lots of roasted malts. Coffee and some chocolate.

T: [3.25] The taste has a bitter coffee on the front. There are roasted malts in the middle and there is a slight sweetness late. There are also hints of burnt wood.

M: [3.00] The carbonation is higher than expected and the body is slightly watery and thin.

O: [3.25] This is not to noteworthy. It is a decent stout. I would not reject another - but I would not seek it out. The charred wood flavor is nice - but the body is a bit lacking.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mostly black with a tinge of red at the bottom of the glass and a brown head that dies to a ring.. A/T is roasted malt, chocolate, raisins and a slighty salted tatse stays on the tounge.. Good but not great.

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Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +34%

I love this stout, the Oysters give it a slight briny flavor that mixes so well, a nice Big Beer that has a quirkiness that makes it stand out from the rest

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours very deep brown color with just a hint of light seen shinning trough. Upon pouring there is a one finger of fizzy tan colored head that fades very rapidly to leave just a tiny trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather big of a roasted malt and coffee smell mixed with some very light dark chocolate notes. As may be expected form an oyster stout, there is also some salty sea like aromas mixed in there as well with just a hint of a charcoal and toast smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a heavy roasted malt flavor with a little bit of a toffee sweetness upfront. The toffee quickly fades giving a very dry and roasty flavor. Along with the nice roasty flavors of the brew, are some faint hints of seawater mixed with a touch of a charcoal and toast taste. While a bit of sea is present on the taste it is very light overall, leaving a mainly drier roasted dark malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A bit of a thicker body would have suited the darker flavors much better, with a slightly lower carbonation level doing the same for the dry and roasted taste.

Overall – Not really much oyster going on in this one. Besides the nose, which gives a decent level of saltiness, overall the brew is really just a drier and roastier stout. OK, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of SamN
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thick creamy mocha brown head, deep ebony black. Handsome beer. Smell is full of dark roasted malts, distinct charcoal and ash characteristics, some soy sauce. Not too much chocolate, mostly nutty roastedness. The beer is a bit too carbonated for me tastes; lots of tiny, active bubbles, breaking up an otherwise silky mouthfeel. Taste is typical of my experience with Flying Dog; lots of oxidized characteristics in the tastes, which is not nessecarily a bad thing. I find these beers harder to describe; it's malty without much sweetness and a distinct metallic "twagniness". Slightly spicy lingering finish.

This beer reminds me somewhat of Gonzo Imperial Porter; huige, bold malt-forward tastes, powerful flavors. Flying Dog's big beers just seem so...BOLD. I liked this beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

This had a black body and it poured with a massive, super sticky, khaki colored head.

Massive roast on the nose, deep, dark, and charred. Maybe a little brine and sulfur. Taste is more of the same. Huge roasty malts that leave a lingering ashy chocolate note in their wake. Just a trace of sulfur and brine is found at the finish. The abundant roastiness makes this more American than English to me, but that doesn't really matter. This is damn good beer, that's what matters. Proceeds from the sale of this beer help seed the Chesapeake Bay. Kudos to Flying Dog.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

From notes on 2/13/14

Here's a go at my first oyster stout. Nice dark body. Thick tan foam. So far good. Very chocolaty smell. Some smoked aromas. Glad it doesn't smell like the sea. Wow, what a bitter taste. Dark chocolate flavors, coffee, toffee. Little mineral flavor. Again, glad it doesn't have a fishy taste. Its a little too bitter for my stout liking, but much better than I thought it would be. ADDITIONAL INFO: Well, by the end of the glass, it got kind of oystery. A little to powerful for me. I enjoyed the first half, not the second.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Not a style that is very approachable for the casual craft enthusiast. The appearance is a cloudy dark brown with a thick cream head. The smell was a mixture of sweetness from the malt and a little bit of hops. The taste however is very different. Starting out with the caramel and coffee and then at the end it was cut by the salty, fatty flavor of the oysters. I found it incredibly satisfying and refreshing. Not for the faint, but a wonderful find.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black, opaque, barely a head, no lacing

S - smokey, roasted, salty, charcoal

T - smokey charcoal, salty, roasted finish, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of oysters

M - smooth and rather medium bodied for a stout

O - this is a fine stout, very mild bodied and smooth for a stout, drinkable, nice smokey and salt characters both for smell and taste. The hint of oysters is ever so subtle but extremely nice to pair with the smokey and salt flavors.

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Photo of PettyThief
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer I bought in Maryland from my relocation from Oregon. Was interested in trying something new the the "Oyster" aspect triggered my interest. I brought it home and when I pored it it was had a nice off white head. Smelled like a typical stout, but had a light roasted malt smell that I am used to. The oysters are pretty noticeable and the beer had a slimy finish... I was pretty dissatisfied in the overall quality of the beer... with the sliminess and the lack of a backbone, I would not buy it again.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 226/14. Pours used motor oil black with a nice head. Outstanding lacing and average retention. Nice nose of chocolate, anise and roast over a slight salty sea note. Light medium bodied with a smooth texture that approaches slick. Below average carbonation with almost no effervescence on the finish. Extremely well balanced flavor profile that has some complexity, but is not as intense as Bell's Kalamazoo or FBS. It begins with a chocolate note that flows into a slight roast bitterness. Underneath is a very subtle saltiness. The finish is smooth and the finish leaves you with a lingering chocolate bitterness and a touch of salt.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with an off white head.

The smell is roasted malts, typical stout.

Taste is roast malts, dark chocolate,bitter, the oyster is in the finish quite subtle.

The mouthfeel is light with low carbonation and a dry finish.

Very easy to drink and tastes good. The oyster is very subtle.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, herbal hops and see bay. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted, bready malt, coffee, salt, oysters, brown sugar, burnt grain and herbal hops. Finish is long, bitter, and salty. Very nice brew, would be classic with shellfish.

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Photo of 8stringfan
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black from the bottle with a light foam, light beige/off-white two-finger head which dissipates down to a solid covering of froth on the top of the beer with solid lacing on the glass. Nose is actually fairly light, but contains all the usual stout notes - dark malt, dark chocolate, toffee, a touch of wan espresso, and, though I may be mistaking it, there does seem to be a hint of bitter citrus hops. Also, perhaps it’s the name, but it does seem that there is a hint of oyster sauce in there, not briny oysters and seaside air mind you, but a hint of the slightly briny but mostly sweet Hoisin-like Asian condiment. Sip is toffee and lightly bitter chocolate up front, and is actually somewhat sweet. The middle of the tongue sees more of the bitterness with dark coffee notes taking over along with what seems a touch of vanilla and a hint of sweet citrus fruit...yeah...I know...that one seems weird, but it really does seem to be there. Back of the tongue sees more coffee notes along with a hint of toffee and the finish, which is pretty short and simple, is lightly sweetened coffee. Mouthfeel is actually quite light and the carbonation, like most everything from Flying Dog, is a bit heavy. So, the big question is, where is the oyster in all of this? The classic hint I can find is a note approaching oyster sauce in the midpalate when it warms slightly, but as a whole, I can’t find any and can’t help but wondering if there might have been a better use for those local oysters. As it stands this is a perfectly decent stout, nothing especially grand, but also quite sessionable due to its heavy carbonation, light-for-the-style mouthfeel, nice hints of sweetness amidst the roastier bitter notes, and low ABV.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had one of these left at the house during the last fire pit. I have seen this beer at beer nerd locations in Carolina, PA, Virginia, and New Jersey but have never tried it being from Frederick. I always want something from somewhere else. Anyway, here we go. Nothing to shout about in appearance and offers very little to the nose. Taste was good, but far from great. Plus, the low ABV for a stout causes me to ding it again. This is a miss for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Made with Rappahannock River Oysters according to the label, with proceeds benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration project.

Pours a deep brown, opaque either with haze or colour, with a fairly fine head of beige that settles out to a bubbly ring. Body is fairly fluid, but with a little weight behind it. Carbonation is fine but very rapid in its movement. Looks decent enough.

Nose is toasty with mid-level malts, giving a mild, English-style sweetness to it. Hazelnut characters come through along with a little cocoa and an undertone of coffee. It's fairly mild besides this, but it's certainly quite pleasant.

Taste is also pleasant, without being particularly bold or exciting. Solid fine dark malt basis gives it hints of dark chocolate and roast, while the body remains thin. This gives it a refreshing quality, which helps the drinkability of the beer, but doesn't necessarily gel that well with the flavours. Slight saltiness on the back is maybe the only touch of the oysters, otherwise they're absent as is typical.

Overall, it's solid stuff. It's not going to blows off your socks, but it's a decent beer made with skill and good execution.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg

A- dark black with a roasted toffee like head. one finger max and runs away quickly but the lacing is pretty decent. Straight line around the pint. opaque as well.

S- dark chocolate and roasted toffee malts with hints of wood smoke of oak maybe.

F- I don't detect the strong oyster flavor that some are saying but I do get a briny ocean taste. The roasted toffee malts are more pronounced and the dark chocolate comes to the front as well.

M- a heavy stout indeed and it has some viscosity to it. The flavors linger in the mouth and the follow down the throat. pretty decent. in a stout.

O- an above average stout and I was hesitant at first because of the 'oyster' in the name but it is really tasty.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany with subtle garnet hues and a thin, quickly receding khaki mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, molasses, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean are underscored by a faint brininess on the nose.

T: Briny oyster notes are pronounced on the entry, but are soon layered among notes of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and vanilla bean. A combination of oyster, caramel, chocolate, and coffee carry over into the finish with a quick kiss of earthy, herbal hops just before the fade.

M: Medium in body and dry with crisp, pronounced carbonation. In many respects, this is more like a porter than a stout. It is easy to drink though. I could see this pairing well with oysters.

O: This is not a bad little stout. Oyster stouts generally don't do it for me, but this one really isn't bad. As a matter of fact, it's nice to see such an obscure style get some love from an American brewery.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had low expectations for this one, so I was pretty surprised with it.

Appearance: FDB always has really cool bottles. The color of the beer itself is a very brown/blood red color. Sorta like Jagermeister.

Smell: not a bad smell. Don't think this is weird, but I kinda think it smells sorta like grilled meats.

Taste: a very surprising taste. Kinda spicy, kinda heavy, sorta syrupy. Not the best. Not the worst.

Mouthfeel: a little syrupy and heavy but still goes down pretty smooth

Overall: a decent beer. Way better than I thought it was gonna be. Worth a try.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit sceptical about this one...
Pours a completely black color with an average slightly off color head.
The aroma is surprisingly gentle, just some roasted malts present.
The taste is very nice - some roasted malts, slight bitterness. Very drinkable, definitely nothing bad about it.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, malty, coffee.

Tasty: Chocolate, roasted coffee. Don't pick up any oyster flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, little alcohol kick at the end.

Overall: A good stout, better than I expected. I would definitely get again.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.